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You can be more productive, with help from these books

Productivity has become one of the most enduring buzzwords in business. A focus on maximum productivity is essential for most businesses during difficult economic times, when company’s often want more done with less staff.

However, personal productivity is no less important; whether you’re a manager, a small business owner or a freelancer, you’ll want to ensure that you make the best use of your time to maximise productivity and, in return, profit.

Here are our top five recommendations on the books you should be reading it you want to become more productive.

Top five books on productivity

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting This Done has become so popular that it’s probably more widely recognised by the acronym GTD and has become the basis on many smartphone apps. The incredibly popular book sees Allen outlining a complete framework for managing time and information and for eradicating procrastination for good. An absolute must-read for anyone who wants to slay their productivity.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Another popular book with a slightly different take on the well-worn area of productivity, McKeown turns things on their head by explaining that productivity isn’t about cramming more tasks into the available space and time, but is actually about doing less. Focusing on only the essential tasks and learning when it’s appropriate to say no will turn you into a productivity master.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

At 25 years old, this book is the granddaddy of modern productivity advice and is still a bestseller. Outlining a series of key habits for success, Covey builds his framework on the idea that fairness, honesty, integrity and dignity are key to being highly effective. Often seemingly-obvious on reading, Covey’s trick is to pull the veil away from much management advice and show you that effectiveness is about moving from dependence to independence and finally to interdependence.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

Many of us are caught up in the idea that in order to be as productive as possible, we need to hit the day hard, as soon as we wake up. That’s based on the fallacy that productivity is about maximising the time available. Elrod argues that effectiveness is the key to being more productive and that much of our daily effectiveness is based on how we start the day. He outlines a program that teaches us how to make the best use of our mornings, including why fitness, quiet time and reading are key to setting yourself up for a productive day.

The Four-Hour Work Week by Time Ferriss

We’ve talked about this book before in terms of management guidance, and it bears repeating here: Ferriss’ book outlines how you can achieve way more in much less time by thinking smart, eliminating low value tasks and using modern technology. It’s a bestseller and is constantly discussed in productivity circles. While you might not manage to get that working week down to four hours, it could transform your entire approach to work.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 21, 2018 at 10:23 am

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